Rachel Williams:
Communicating Science to Different Audiences

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As academics we are used to discussing our science with our peers and also making the case for the importance of our research to funding bodies. However, as an engineer working closely with clinical colleagues it has been very important to learn how to explain my science, and learn their clinical perspective, so progress can be made. It has also been important to understand the patient perspective and to be able to explain my science to them. In this seminar I will share with you my personal experience of communicating my science to different audiences.

Professor Rachel Williams is currently interim Head of the Department of Eye and Vision Science and Deputy Executive Dean of the Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences. She has over 25 years of experience in the design and development of advanced materials for medical applications. She specialises in leading research on strategies to develop innovative ways to modify materials and their surfaces to treat sight threatening conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment and surface ocular disorders. She works closely with both clinical and industrial partners to ensure the appropriate translation of her research.